Barrel & Beam gearing up for opening day

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - More and more breweries seem to be popping up across the U.P., and one of Marquette's newest will be opening soon.

Barrel & Beam hosted two soft openings Saturday for friends and family at the former Northwoods Supper Club, which closed in 2007.

"The first day you're open to the public, a lot of people show up and it can get a little chaotic, so we wanted to make sure that before we did that, that we knew everything was gonna work well and we basically had a forgiving crowd to test everything on," says Barrel & Beam's Founder and Brewer, Nick VanCourt.

The brewery is taking a niche approach, offering three beers of the farmhouse and barrel aged ale varieties. These kinds of beers age gracefully over time, fermenting in their bottles to create carbonation. Eventually, the brewery hopes to have six to eight beers available for people to enjoy in their tasting room or the comfort of their own homes. Beers will also be distributed to retailers around the area.

Barrel and Beam will officially be open to the public on Jan. 27 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. In the spring, the brewery is looking to expand to Thursdays and Fridays as well.